Updated, 1:02 p.m. | More than 100 trees were toppled and hundreds more were damaged in Central Park during the fierce thunderstorm that moved over New York City on Tuesday night. It was the most severe destruction that the park’s trees had sustained in at least 30 years, according to officials at the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy, which manages the park.

When thunderstorms strike the NYC area they usually don’t fool around. During the summer, especially amidst the dog days of August and onwards into September, we may go for weeks (sometimes weeks) without a significant drop of rain and then suddenly the skies will open up.

This latest thunderstorm struck the city shortly before 10 p.m. last night, accompanied by a series of straight line winds (micro-bursts) which were responsible for the damage in Central Park. Since the storm’s winds came blowing in from the west the downed trees had, across a broad swath, fallen to the east.

Neil Calvanese, vice president for Central Park Conservancy operations, said,“I’ve been here since 1981, and we lived through Hurricane Gloria, ice storms and noreasters.” He believes that none of those events had caused this much destruction.

City Room, NYT


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